Wilson, N.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 10-12 overall and 4-6 in Conference Carolinas after dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 (25-11, 24-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9) decision to Barton College on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders out hit the Bulldogs with a .200 percentage compared to Barton’s .177 percentage. Samantha Del Toro led the Crusaders with 14 kills. Rebekah Mayes and Yomi Adeyeye also had double digit kills for the Crusaders with 13 and 12.
The Crusaders hit .300 en route to the dominating 14-point win in the first set. NGU looked in control of the match with a 22-17 lead in the second set before the Lady Bulldogs scored the next five points to tie the game at 22. NGU netted two of the following three points to serve for set point. With North Greenville poised to take a 2-0 lead, a kill by Barton sophomore Jillian Sherman tied the score at 24-all before Barton closed out the 26-24 win with back-to-back kills to tie the match.
Barton held a 13-12 edge midway through the third set but this time North Greenville responded snapping off four points, capped by a service ace by Rebekah Mayes to jump ahead for the rest of the frame. Mayes helped the Crusaders regain the one-set advantage with two more kills on points 24 and 25.
The Bulldogs found themselves an 18-14 advantage late but after an NGU timeout, the Crusaders scored the next five points including three consecutive kills by Yomi Adeyeye to take a 19-18 edge. The Bulldogs responded with a 3 point run themselves to take the lead. The Crusaders tied the game for the eighth time at 22 all before Barton would go on to score three consecutive points to force a winner take all fifth set.
The two teams kept trading points to start the final act before Barton took a slim 8-7 lead as the two squads switched ends of the court. An ensuing service error deadlocked the set for a seventh and final time at 8-8 before the Lady Bulldogs pulled away with points on seven of the next eight plays to take a 15-9 final set decision.
Despite Saturday’s loss, the Crusaders remain in fourth place in the Western Division ahead of 4-7 Limestone and 0-11 Converse. The Crusaders will play host to Mount Olive on October 15th.